The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2006 Ratings: #26 / 687
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Based on 144 ratings
2006 Ratings: #23
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October 3, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / Label
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This is their best.

Favorites: The Crane Wife 3, The Island, O! Valencia, When the War Came, The Crane Wife 1 & 2, Sons and Daughters
For those who are familiar with the groups music, this is easily the most well-rounded album of the groups collection, and will likely remain that way. It's a indie rock classic among other greats.

Favorite track: When The War Came
Encompassing all of the most appealing elements of The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife” is a great example of an album where a highly ambitious album delivers on all of its objectives. A concept wartime album, The Decemberists commit to both an elaborate story and a number of complex lyrical and musical motifs, and their expansive vocabulary, often dismissed as pretentious, only adds to their disturbed historical aesthetic. You could spend “The Crane Wife” paging through a ... read more
Best Tracks: The Crane Wife 3, The Island-Come & See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel The Drowning, Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then), O Valencia!, When The War Came, Shankill Butchers, Summersong, Sons & Daughters
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Year End Lists

#23/Rolling Stone
#28/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. The Crane Wife 3
  2. The Island-Come & See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel The Drowning
  3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
  4. O Valencia!
  5. The Perfect Crime #2
  6. When The War Came
  7. Shankhill Butchers
  8. Summersong
  9. The Crane Wife 1 and 2
  10. Sons and Daughters
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